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Atheists Assail Bill Recognizing America's Religious History

February 8, 2008

Author: Matt Purple

Source: Crosswalk/CNSNews

http://www.crosswalk.com/news/11566408/

(CNSNews.com) - A resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives that recognizes America's "rich spiritual and religious history" is drawing fire from some of America's most prominent atheists.

The resolution, H.R. 888, resolves to "affirm" the religious traditions that most historians say played a crucial role in America's founding. It calls religious principles and...

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Judges Press IRS on Church Tax Break

February 8, 2008

Author: JOSH GERSTEIN

Source: The New York Sun

http://www.nysun.com/article/70957

A Jewish couple's bid to take a tax deduction they say the Internal Revenue Service reserves only for members of the Church of Scientology is getting a friendly reception from a federal appeals court, increasing the possibility of a ruling that could create a tax break for taxpayers of many religions who pay tuition to religious schools.

Muslim Prayer at Legislature Challenged

February 7, 2008

Author: JASON CLAYWORTH

Source: The Des Moines Register

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080207/NEWS10/802070398/1001/NEWS

A Muslim imam's opening-day prayer at the Legislature has sparked controversy over statements he made that some say are similar to terrorists' calls to harm Americans.

But Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad said the imam's words were being taken out of context....

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Sikhcess Announces Formal Launch of Global Feed the Homeless Campaign in Australia

February 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/A11CDA32BE3CB339872573E800581DB0

Sikhcessâ„¢, a community-service organization dedicated to promoting the basic Sikh principles of public service, community, and equality for humankind, today announced that organizers and volunteers have formally launched efforts to deliver food to the homeless and needy in Australia through the...

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Group Supports Bibles for Columbus Fifth-Graders

February 7, 2008

Author: Deuce Niven

Source: The Fayetteville Observer

http://www.fayobserver.com/article?id=285051

Christian groups who support the distribution of Bibles by the Gideons in the Columbus County schools won’t oppose an equal access policy that would allow other groups to provide literature.

Members of the Columbus County Board of Education took no action Monday after hearing a presentation in front of more than 200 people at Cerro Gordo...

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New Inter-Faith Resource Launched for Anglicans

February 7, 2008

Author: Ed Beavan

Source: Religious Intelligence

http://www.religiousintelligence.co.uk/news/?NewsID=1590

ANGLICANS are to be encouraged to read the Bible in the light of scriptures from other faiths in a new way to promote inter-faith relations.

The call comes in a new document published this week by NIFCON – the Anglican Communion Network for Interfaith Concerns – and to be sent to every Anglican Bishop.

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Iranian Baha'is Sentenced to Prison were Helping Underprivileged Youth

February 6, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/602

Accusations by the Iranian government that 54 Baha'is were engaged in anti-regime "propaganda" when they were arrested almost two years ago are patently false, the Baha'i International Community said today.

In November, three of that group were re-arrested and imprisoned for four years. The others have reportedly been given suspended one-year sentences....

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Hindu Chaplain Zed on Newsweek/Washington Post Panel on Religion

February 6, 2008

Source: American Chronicle/Newswire

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/51560

Rajan Zed, prominent Hindu chaplain and Indo-American leader, has been selected as one of the panelists for "On Faith", a prestigious interactive conversation on religion produced jointly by Newsweek and washingtonpost.com.

Moderated by Jon Meacham, Managing Editor of Newsweek, it is described as "...intelligent, informed, eclectic, respectful conversation...drawing on a remarkable panel...

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Sikhs Join in Celebrating American Civil Rights Leader's Birthday

February 5, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Network

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/8C5C0090D5ADBEFB872573E600665149!OpenDocument

Guru Gobind Singh Foundation represented the Sikh community in the InterFaith Conference’s InterFaith Prayer Service marking the birth-anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King. Tributes were paid to Late Dr. Martin Luther King, America's prominent civil rights...

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Terrorism Phrasebook to Put Officials on Guard

February 4, 2008

Author: Stephanie Condron

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article3301164.ece

Hundreds of guides telling town hall officials and police how to talk about terrorism without causing offence to Muslims have been distributed in the past few weeks.

The guide, written by Home Office civil servants, suggest that instead of talking about Muslim or Islamic extremism, officials should instead say “...

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Schools Twin with Madrasahs to Fight Radicalism

February 3, 2008

Author: Marie Woolf

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3295369.ece

BRITISH schools are to be twinned with madrasahs in Pakistan to show pupils there how much they have in common with children in the West and to combat extreme Islamist ideology.

The British Council is to put £6m into linking British schools with classrooms in countries where children may be at risk of being groomed by...

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Some Non-Christians Feel Left Out of Election

February 3, 2008

Author: Ed Stoddard

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSN2365193920080203

DALLAS (Reuters) - In a U.S. election campaign where presidential candidates from both major parties have talked openly about their Christian faith, some non-Christians feel shut out or turned off.

Despite the constitutional separation of church and state, religion plays a big and sometimes decisive role in politics in America...

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Local Malaysian Indians Planning Rally

February 1, 2008

Author: Todd R. Brown

Source: Inside Bay Area

http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_8137819

While countries such as Israel and Pakistan are infamous for imposing strict emergency security rules on civilians, the plight of ethnic Indians in Malaysia is less well-known.

The tropical nation along the South China Sea officially is Islamic, and Hindu residents there complain of second-class treatment by the government.

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